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Social Networks The Best Social Networking Sites  

Steve Shafer
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List Rules Your favorite website that lets users share information and message each other.

These are the absolute best social networks on the Web, including niche social communities as well as those divided by language, nationality or specialty interest. Note that this list does not include dating sites that aren't about building online social communities. If you’ve used any of these social media networks before and liked them, then vote them up. Also add any social networks you’re using that aren’t already on the list.

So what defines a website or service as a social network? It is typically an online service, platform, or website which is focused largely around uniting individuals and allowing them to communicate and interact. Facebook currently is the world's largest and most popular social networking platform, having supplanted previous champions such as MySpace and Friendster.

Initially, like Facebook, many of these services were designed around offline interpersonal relationships—allowing you to hang out with friends online when you couldn't be present in person. However, social networking has exploded as a pastime and form of entertainment in recent years. In fact, 23% of Americans' total time spent online is now spent on social networks of some kind. This drastic increase in traffic and interest in has led to the development of a vast variety of online social networks.

Some of these social networking sites attempt to distinguish themselves by focusing on one narrow topic or set of interests. (For example, Buzznet, a social network for those who obsess about music and pop culture news, or CauseCast, a portal and social network for activists and those interest in non-profit organizations.) Others concern themselves only with a certain group of people, or nationality (such as BlackPlanet, a social network for African Americans, or Grono.net, an online community for Polish users.) Others have attempted to bring some new technology or organizational strategy to social networking to attempt to break out and find a larger audience. The mobile app Path, for example, limits the number of "friends" or followers that can be attached to an individual profile to 150, rather than the thousands allowed on sites like Facebook. This leads to a greater level of intimacy among the Path communities, and eliminates the fear shared by many Facebook or Google+ users that their personal updates will become matters of public record.

This list gathers together major players in the social networking Web, including the top 100 social media sites in the world. It is an open list, so if you have a favorite social network that isn't featured, enter it below to make sure it's included.
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1
296 263
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

2
272 203
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

3
184 105
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

4
122 107
Reddit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

5
188 181
Tumblr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

6
111 120
Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

7
91 88
Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
UnbreakableNacho added Snapchat

8
145 167
Flickr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

9
48 54
soundcloud.com is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
soundcloud.com

10
133 157
Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

11
109 173
Myspace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

12
110 117
deviantART is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 9040962

13
613 867
PaigeeWorld.com is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Preston Rohrick added PaigeeWorld.com PaigeeWorld.com

14
68 116
Ask.fm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
HannahAIsGuilty added Ask.fm

15
67 117
LiveJournal.com is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

16
24 62
LinkedIn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

17
38 82
Blogger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

18
64 133
GayFriendsChat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
gayfriendschat added GayFriendsChat

19
9 10
Friend Xone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
intranicnetwork added Friend Xone Http://www.friendxone.com

20
19 39
Wattpad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

21
11 29
Weheartit.com is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
weheartit.com

22
59 107
delicious is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

23
67 91
GoodReads is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

24
53 103
Foursquare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

25
28 49
Vkontakte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites